In Pictures: Algiers World Cup fever

Algerians are holding their breath as their country meets Russia on Thursday night for a chance at history.

| | Sport, Algeria, World Cup, Football

With giant flags hanging from buildings and a giant screen installed in the heart of the capital Algiers, thousands of Algerians have been following their 11 ambassadors to Brazil as their national football team chase the chance to make history and reach the second round of the World Cup for the first time ever.

The "Desert Warriors" who ended a 28-year goal drought against Belgium and beat South Korea in a 6-goal thriller, made them the highest-scoring African side in a single World Cup. Algeria is now closer to progressing to the next stage: the final 16.

Fans in the capital will hold their breath on Thursday night as their team meets Russia in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba.  

"This is going to be the longest 90 minutes in my life," a fan said.

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